Indiana State Dominates Eastern Illinois 209-49

Indiana State at Eastern Illinois

Courtesy: Indiana State Athletics

CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Indiana State Women’s Swimming team made it 12 straight wins on Friday evening as they dominated Eastern Illinois, while the divers performed well against some of the best in the Missouri Valley Conference at Southern Illinois.

At Eastern Illinois, the women left no doubt that they would be leaving Charleston with a win, overpowering the Panthers by a score of 209-49.

Surging Sycamores
The Trees finished in first place in all 14 events on Saturday while Cierra Campbell, Martina Marks and Megan Schade all earned multiple victories in the individual events.

Marks tallied the most titles with three, starting with the 200-yard butterfly where she claimed the top spot with a time of 2:07.72. She then went on to place first in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 53.70, holding off Sarah Lohman of Eastern Illinois by .15. The senior finished her night off with a win in the 200-yard individual medley at 2:10.30.

Another set of impressive performances came from Campbell who won the 1000-yard freestyle with a lifetime-best time of 10:27.84 which was nearly 19 seconds in front of second place. The junior also finished atop the standings in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall at 5:14.24 for a sweep of the distance events.

Iowa-native Megan Schade also earned a pair of victories for the Sycamores, taking the crown in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:09.48 by fending off second place by just .36. Later in the evening she took home the win in the 100-yard butterfly, racing to a time of 1:00.08.

Both ISU relay teams swam their way to victory on Friday as well. The 200-yard medley relay team of Kendall Hansen, Anna Maria Nasiou, Schade and Alex Malmborg clocked a winning time of 1:50.35, while the 200-yard freestyle relay team composed of Marlene Pavlu Lewin, Joelle Borchers, Ashleigh Sinks and Campbell placed first at 1:40.19.

At Southern Illinois, Keara Shelton once again led the divers against top-notch competition, placing third in the three-meter dive with a score of 237.29 and fourth in the one-meter dive at 216.14

Coach Christensen’s Corner
“We had some solid swims tonight,” Head Coach Josh Christensen said. “We’re still in the home stretch of training before we start to rest, so we’re feeling that a bit. We are definitely looking forward to racing at home and honoring our seniors next weekend.”

Coach Chen’s Remarks
“I’m very happy to see that the divers performed consistently today” Diving Coach Fengting Chen said. “It was a good opportunity for them to compete with one of the best teams in the conference before the MVC Championships.”

Up Next
The blue and white will return home next Saturday, Jan. 26 for senior day as they host Southern Illinois and Ball State.

Courtesy: Eastern Illinois Athletics

Charleston, Ill.- The Eastern Illinois women’s swimming unit competed against Indiana State in a head-to-head matchup Friday evening.

Sarah Lohman was the top finisher for the Panthers picking up two-second place finishes. Lohman earned a personal best and season best time for the Panther women in the 100-Free (53.85). Her time marks her a half second faster than any other EIU women’s swimmer in the 100-Free. Lohman also had the fastest time in the 100-Fly this season with her second place finish Friday evening.

Jessica Harris also found herself in the record books as she moved into the eighth spot in the 1000-Free with her time of 10:54.19. Harris also competed in the 100-Breast and 200-Breast, working to achieve the goal of swimming in every event offered during her freshman campaign.

Katy Black earned a season best time in the 50-Back at 27.88 and the 100-Free at 55.22. Black also posted the third fastest time in the 100-Fly this season.

Grace Kennedy was able to turn in a season best time in the 100-Back touching the wall at 1:02.80. Sabrina Chu also earned an in season best time in the 200-Free at 2:02.63. Jaelyn Williams had her best in season time during the meet.

Martee Grainger earned an in season best time in the 200-Back and Lindsay Wood earned a lifetime best time in the event.

Gloria Gonzales had an in season best time in the 500-Free, while Caro Lamarque got an in season best time in the 200-IM by seven seconds.

The men swam an exhibition meet against themselves, and broke two pool records (200 free relay and 800 free relay record) and Scott House tied the pool record in the 100 IM.

The women fell to Indiana State 46-209 Friday evening.

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